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Amid Opioid Prescriber Crackdown, Health Officials Reach Out To Pain Patients

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:30

After 53 health care workers were indicted for illegally prescribing opioids in Appalachia, local health agencies are trying to make sure chronic pain patients don't fall through the cracks.

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Anti-Tobacco Advocates Question McConnell Plan To Raise Minimum Purchasing Age

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:28

Citing an "unprecedented spike" in teens vaping, Sen. Mitch McConnell said the bill would raise the minimum age for people to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. Tobacco companies back the proposal.

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How Effective Are School Lockdown Drills?

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:08

Since the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, a generation of American children have learned not just how to hide from a potential shooter. But there's little data on what kinds of drills work best.

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Three Top Climbers Presumed Dead After Avalanche In Canada

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 13:29

Jess Roskelley, David Lama and Hansjörg Auer had been attempting a route in Canada's Banff National Park. The park said that all three are "presumed to be deceased."

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Frederick Douglass' Remarkable Life, From Slavery To 'American Wonder'

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 13:29

David Blight's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography details Douglass' passionate leadership in the abolitionist movement and his gift as a writer and orator. Originally broadcast Dec. 17 2018.

Hurricane Michael Was A Category 5, NOAA Finds – The First Since Andrew In 1992

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 13:04

With winds of 160 mph, the October hurricane was the strongest on record to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle, where communities are still trying to recover. NOAA upgraded it from a Category 4.

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She Fled Rwanda To Survive — But Does Not Like The Words 'Refugee' Or 'Genocide'

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 12:18

Clemantine Wamariya talks about her memoir The Girl Who Smiled Beads, what people don't understand about refugees — and her hopes for the future of Rwanda.

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Why Do Doctors Overtreat? For Many, It's What They're Trained To Do

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 11:33

Ordering more tests or treatments is not always best for patients' health or wallet. A group of medical educators is trying to address the problem where they think it starts: medical training.

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Silicon Valley Has Its Tech Campuses. Now It Wants A Monument

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 10:00

Tourists are flocking to California to see the origins of their favorite tech companies. Now there might be a monument about Silicon Valley's glory.

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'Ungovernable' Brings Up Grim Realities Of Victorian Child-Rearing

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 09:51

Therese Oneill's new book presents plenty of suitably eyebrow-raising excerpts, but amid the snark at parenthood past and present, there are some unavoidable issues that come at a fraught time.

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A Promising Anti-HIV Drug Poses A Dilemma

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 09:07

The medication is very effective — but there's concern it might cause birth defects if taken by a pregnant woman. Different countries address that issue in very different ways.

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House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler Subpoenas Full Mueller Report

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 09:07

Nadler wants everything developed by the special counsel office, including all of the underlying evidence in its report. He says the Justice Department has until May 1 to comply.

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Hunger Strikes At ICE Detention Centers Spread As Parole, Bond Is Denied

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:43

There have been at least sixth six hunger strikes at detention centers in the first three months of 2019 alone. One of the detainees' demands was to be released while their cases were adjudicated.

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'We Pray For The Caliphate To Return': ISIS Families Crowd Into Syrian Camps

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:42

"The women and children who have been raised on the mentality of ISIS and terrorism need to be rehabilitated," warns an official. "Otherwise, they will be the foundations of future terrorism."

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'National Enquirer' To Be Sold To Hudson News Heir James Cohen

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 05:59

The tabloid's parent company, American Media Inc., has become embroiled in controversies surrounding President Trump. It also sparred with Jeff Bezos over blackmail accusations.

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Mueller Report Raises New Questions About Russia's Hacking Targets In 2016

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 05:00

The special counsel's report said the FBI believes Russian military intelligence was able to gain access to at least one Florida county government's computer network during the 2016 campaign.

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Will Democrats 'Follow The Mueller Report To Where It Leads'?

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 05:00

Impeachment talk started again among Democrats Thursday with the release of the redacted Mueller report. Many still see that as too politically risky even though they see Trump as unfit for office.

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Meet The People In Trump's Orbit Who The Mueller Report Says Ignored His Orders

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 05:00

There were some directives the president attempted to make of his staffers or other government officials that might have breached the obstruction of justice threshold had they not stood up to him.

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In 'Her Smell,' Elisabeth Moss 'Turned It Up To 11,' Then Turned It Up Some More

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 05:00

In her new film, Moss plays a punk singer struggling with addiction. "The only mistake we could make was not going far enough," she says.

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Brooklyn Judge Upholds Mandatory Vaccinations, As New York City Closes More Schools

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 01:38

Judge Lawrence Knipel refused a request from parents to lift the vaccination order that was imposed last week to stem a measles outbreak. The parents claimed the city had overstepped its authority.

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